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BCCI won’t push for World Cup postponement to open IPL window

New Delhi: India’s cricket board will not push for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed but would consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the October/November slot if it becomes available, a senior BCCI official has told Reuters. This year’s IPL, which is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI, has been indefinitely postponed because of …

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One wrong move can affect athletes’ Olympics preparation, warns IOA

New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IAO) secretary general Rajeev Mehta on Friday warned against rushing athletes into training amid the rising COVID-19 cases, saying a wrong move at this point can have a bearing on their Olympics preparation. Mehta expressed his vehement opposition after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Thursday released the Sports Ministry-approved SOP for athletes to follow …

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Rohit’s captaincy is very similar to Dhoni, says Raina

New Delhi: India’s limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma’s style of leadership has often been seen as completely different from skipper Virat Kohli’s style and has often been compared to that of former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. And Suresh Raina believes that Rohit’s calmness and ability to motivate players makes him very similar to Dhoni. “Rohit’s captaincy is very similar to …

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Indian boxers’ training camp unlikely to resume soon

New Delhi: The ministry’s go ahead has come and a Standard Operating Procedure is also in place but Indian boxers are unlikely to resume camp training anytime soon as the national federation grapples with a “few logistical concerns” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the home ministry allowing opening of sports complexes and stadia, Indian athletes are desperate for resumption, including …

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IPL is just a money grab, shouldn’t take precedence over T20 World Cup: Border

Melbourne: The IPL is just a “money grab” and cannot be allowed to take precedence over this year’s T20 World Cup, said former Australia skipper Allan Border. There is speculation that the 13th IPL, which was suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, might be conducted in October-November if the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed. “(I’m) not happy …

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Chiellini admires Suarez for biting him in 2014 WC

London: Former Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has recalled the infamous Luis Suarez biting incident during the FIFA World Cup in 2014. In the first half of Uruguay’s final group stage clash against Italy, Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Chiellini, the third time he did so in his controversial career. Chiellini opened up regarding the incident in his …

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BCCI targets resumption of cricket ‘in earnest’ post monsoon

PTI New Delhi With a commitment to tour South Africa in August followed by the IPL likely in October, the BCCI seems ready with its resumption plan as it waits for the COVID-19 situation to improve and cricket to resume “in earnest” after the monsoon. Cricket South Africa on Thursday revealed that the BCCI has shown “willingness” to play three …

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SAI lays down rules for resumption of training but question remains when

PTI New Delhi Baton exchange won’t be allowed in relay training, boxers will not have access to rings and only singles players will get to practice at indoor badminton courts, according to the Sports Authority of India’s SOP for resumption of training, the timeline for which is still not clear. Athletics, hockey, badminton, boxing and shooting were among the 11 …

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Olympics will be cancelled if unable to be held in 2021

REUTERS Tokyo International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach says the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the event cannot be held next year due to the COVID-19 crisis. In March, the IOC and Japanese government took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, which had been due to start in July, for a year due to the …

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